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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

iPhone 6 may stick with just 1GB of RAM

Apple may outfit its next iPhone with the usual 1GB of memory, at least if a leaked scematic from a Chinese Apple repair shop is the real deal.
Popping up on Chinese website Weibo, the schematic comes from Chinese Apple repair firm Geekbarand reveals just 1GB of memory for what is purportedly the iPhone 6, according to G for Games.
Assuming the image is legit, the schematic doesn't indicate if it relates to the anticipated 4.7-inch iPhone or the rumored 5.5-inch phablet version. But if true, it does mean Apple would stick with the same amount of memory for its next iPhone that it stuffed into the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C.
RAM in a smartphone is one of those specs always nestled in the list of features. But it's not considered as sexy a selling point as screen size, display quality, or on-board storage. Apple itself has never played up the amount of RAM in its flagship phone and has instead touted other features seen as more enticing to the average buyer. A variety of Android phones offer more RAM, notably the Galaxy S5 with 2GB of RAM, the HTC One M8 also with 2GB, and the Galaxy Note 3 with 3GB.
So does RAM in a smartphone matter? As on a PC, more RAM won't really matter if you run only one or two apps at a time. Extra RAM can certainly help performance if you're juggling multiple apps. However, iOS is considered more adept than Android at managing and optimizing resources. So comparing the amount of RAM on an iOS device versus that on an Android device is a bit like comparing apples and oranges.
Still, 1GB of RAM does sound low in today's mobile world. Apple may at some point bump up the memory, not so much to keep pace with Android but more if it believes the average user would feel a difference. At this point, iPhone 6 buyers are more likely to be eagerly awaiting a bigger screen, sharper display, beefier processor, better camera, and other key enhancements.
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